Suspect with checkered legal past assaults woman in own home while out on release

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Phillip John Richardson, right, appears Monday in Hilo District Court with attorney Melody Parker.

HILO — A 56-year-old Hawaiian Beaches woman told police a man entered her Kawakawa Street home Saturday morning as she was having coffee, assaulted her, stole her cordless house phone and took a swing at her husband and missed.